BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).


Course code C810

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Course code C810

Key course details

Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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BritishPsychologySocietyLogo.png, British Psychology Society LogoFascinated about human behaviour – from how children learn, to managing stress in the workplace and the motivations for and the treatment of offending behaviour?

Our course brings all the core areas of psychology together, so you’ll learn about the development, social, biological, cognitive and research methodologies in this field, but with a practical focus to make your CV stand out.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You won’t just learn about psychology theoretically, you’ll be putting it into practice using real people and case studies to bolster your learning.

And, thanks to the great links we have with regional and national organisations – from prisons to victim support charities and homeless organisations – you’ll have the opportunity to get career-enhancing voluntary work throughout your studies.

  • Ranked 7th nationally in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • 50% of your studies will be practical - through research, case studies and data collection
  • Eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) on graduation
  • Opportunities to gain additional professional development and accredited qualifications alongside your course, in areas such as psychometrics
  • Taught by academic tutors with forensics, counselling and clinical backgrounds
  • Tutors carry out pioneering research, which enhances your learning. Plus, it gives you the chance to take part in current research
  • Our excellent links with regional and national charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions offers great work experience and job prospects
  • We have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • Opportunity to take part in field trips in the UK and abroad, giving you the chance to deepen your knowledge
  • Complete work experience in prisons with the chance to study alongside prisoners for real-life learning
  • A full range of extra-curricular activities are available, including psychology film club, enrichment evening and daytime seminars led by local and national experts, research participation scheme and staff-student conference.

Study on our vibrant and friendly Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle, just 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park and Scotland, with great transport links to major cities of Newcastle and Glasgow

Whichever career path you choose, the first-class experience you’ll gain from workplace opportunities on this course will be highly desirable to future employers.

Course study options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year - click the button for more information.

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

If you want to be a professional psychologist then a BPS accredited undergraduate degree is the first step towards this. If you want to be a psychologist in a field such as clinical, counselling, occupational, neuro, sports, health, education or research, then this is the perfect course to start you on that road. Psychology graduates also have a wide range of transferrable knowledge and skills which are highly relevant to other career fields where you will be working with people. This can include in the criminal justice system, prisons and probation service, HR, sales, or marketing and recruitment, management and business, the military, law, social work and support services, nursing and health fields.

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles. These include clinical roles, such as assistant psychologists in the NHS, or within local charities as support workers. Others have pursued PhDs and continued their careers into academia. Some of our graduates have done postgraduate training to specialise as teachers, social workers, or occupational therapists. Others have gone on to pursue postgraduate training in professional psychology roles such as clinical or counselling psychologists. This degree opens up a variety of job opportunities for you upon graduation.

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